August 14, 2013

Couple Jailed After Scorching 4-Year-Old With Boiling Water, Refusing Medical Care

Mesa, AZ (The Weekly Vice) - Joscilin Smith, 28, and Aaron Roland, 29, have been jailed after they allegedly scorched their son with a pot of boiling water - then refused to get the boy medical treatment for his severe burns.

According to police, Smith and Roland were involved in a heated argument late last month when Smith picked up a pot of boiling water and tried to burn Roland with it.

Smith succeeded in burning Roland, however a large amount of the boiling water landed on the couple's 4-year-old son - leaving him with severe burns to his arms, legs and back.

The boy also suffered 2nd-degree burns to 8% of his body, according to court documents.

Investigators say Roland sought medical treatment for himself the same day, but neither parent wanted to take the child to a hospital, fearing they would be charged with child abuse and possibly lose custody of their seven children.

The child's injuries reportedly came to light Friday when an officer dropped by the residence to conduct a welfare check on the boy. Initially, Smith and Roland told the officer that the boy was away visiting relatives.

When the officer checked the residence anyway, the boy was found hidden inside a closet. The boy was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for burns that hadn't received medical care for 14 days.

Smith was booked into jail and charged with aggravated assault and three counts of child abuse.

Roland was booked into jail and charged with one count of child abuse.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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